Category Archives: Lunch

Tropical Seaweed Wraps with Hummus, Mango & Avocado

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Do you ever get stuck in a food rut? Somehow you can’t think of anything to make for dinner despite the endless inspiration of the world wide web and those forty five colorful cookbooks on your bookshelf. Sometimes you just need to invite a foodie friend over to grease the wheels of your imagination. I turned to my health coach, Blake Eyster. By the end of the weekend he had me brewing my own kombucha and eating pickled plums. But the show stopper was the Tropical Seaweed Wrap with juicy mango, ripe avocado, and crunchy kelp noodles smothered in a creamy homemade hummus. Sushi meets Wrap. Why didn’t I think of this? It’s brilliant.
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Watercress Pesto Cast Iron Pizza

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Well, I wouldn’t exactly call this healthy. Comforting, yes. Warm and cheesy, most definitely. But healthy? Not unless you mean good-for-the-soul-healthy. I started this pizza with the best of intentions: to take a shot at making a gluten-free crust. Because a gluten-free crust magically makes a pizza healthy, right? Anyway. That first wad of gluten-free dough never saw the light of the oven. After I let it rise, I tried to knead it with my fingers. Had I been blindfolded, I would’ve told you that I was sticking my hands in peanut butter. I couldn’t get it off my fingers. I could not wash my hands of that gooey mess. Needless to say that dough ball hit the bottom of my trash can in a moment of aggravated flurry.
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Grown-Up Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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Remember when you were a kid and mom used to take you to the drive-thru for chicken nuggets? The best part was dipping them in all those rectangular plastic packages of sauce like ranch, bbq, and honey mustard laden with high fructose corn syrup? Ah, those were the days. Ignorance was bliss. Sometimes I wish I just didn’t know better. But I do. That’s why I make my own tasty nuggets with free range chicken and almond meal batter. So now I’m going to take your blinders off, too. Sorry, but I gotta do it. Taken straight from McDonald’s website, here is the long list of ingredients in McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets and Tangy Honey Mustard Sauce. Drum roll please….
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Bacon, Sweet Potato & Chickpea Salad with Tahini Lemon Vinaigrette

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Before we get in the kitchen, I want to propose a challenge. The challenge is to not use canned chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) for this recipe. There’s a bonus recipe in it for you if you stick around to the end. Are you up to it? If you have a slow cooker, give this simple recipe a try. Start with a pound of dry chickpeas, such as these:
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Carrot Apple Raisin Kale Salad

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Carrots and apples and kale…CARROTS and APPLES and KALE, Oh My! These are three foods you’re likely to encounter on the yellow brick road to health. We’re going to dress these veggies in a tangy apple cider vinaigrette, then fold in some raisins for chewy goodness and walnuts for Omega-3 crunch. This colorful, cleansing salad tops my list when the old digestive tract needs a little help, if you catch my drift.
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